Wednesday Addams—the unlikely heroine of Netflix's Addams Family-inspired TV series Wednesday—has quickly become a fashion icon. Her dark, romantic gothic sensibilities have taken over Instagram with teens and women frocking up in everything from Victorian-era collars to fishnet, lace, and tulle.
If you’re looking to introduce a bit of Wednesday style into your own wardrobe, we have a few tips to help you create the perfect Wednesday Addams outfits for any occasion.
Collars to Die For
A large Peter Pan collar has been a mainstay of the signature Wednesday Addams style since Christina Ricci played the role of Morticia and Gomez's eldest daughter in the 1990s.
To express your darker side while embracing this eye-catching trend, we love this black velvet Bat Collar Dress with velvet tie closure. For more casual occasions, this Bat Collar Top works well with a mini skirt and fishnet stockings, loose black trousers, or a flowing black maxi skirt.
Never to be one to conform, Wednesday Addams creates her own take on the Nevermore Academy uniform with a monochrome pinstripe blazer and pleated skirt. For a Wednesday-approved dark academia outfit, wear black instead of colors (obviously) with classic schoolgirl items like:
- A white shirt
- A black necktie
- A black blazer
- A black pleated skirt
- Black fishnet or sheer stockings
- Black Mary Janes (or any kind of shoe with buckles)
For more casual occasions, costume designer Colleen Atwood provides a contemporary take on gothic with oversized hoodies that Wednesday fans can wear to laid-back social occasions (when you must go) or when investigating murder mysteries at night.
For an instant Wednesday Addams look, we can't go past this spooky Spiderweb Sweatshirt featuring a contrasting white spider web design. As Wednesday says: "Kill or be killed." Adversaries, be warned!
Throughout the series, our muse breaks out of the all-black mold with contrasting black-and-white designs. Enthralled fans can easily weave this thread into their Wednesday-inspired get-ups with black-and-white striped sweaters, dresses, tops, and skirts.
For something a little more original—because, you know, we're not ones to follow the crowd—this Dark Forest Woven Top combines a white background with nighttime creatures and moon-gazing dandelions in black. It's fancifully flowy and pairs perfectly with a black skirt and boots.
Luxurious Lace and Coy Cut-Outs
When paying homage to Wednesday Addams on the red carpet, Jenna Ortega has wowed audiences with dresses featuring exquisite lace inserts, split skirts, and cold shoulders with long, arm-warmer-type sleeves.
To incorporate these tasteful trends, simply cut out the shoulders of your favorite black long-sleeved dress and complete a low neckline by adding a high-collared lace insert (such as the one featured in our Velvet Black Dress). Really, there's nothing more elegant or more classically goth.
Killer Black Dress
The most re-watched moment in Season 1 is undoubtedly the Raven school dance where Wednesday Addams shocks her classmates by appearing in a breathtaking tulle dress and performing an authentic 80's goth-inspired dance.
For Wednesday Addams fans, we recently shared a fantastic Goo Goo Muck dance video on Instagram with goth queen Artemis frocked in our figure flattering Velvet Fringe Dress. If you've been practicing your own kooky dance moves to this goth classic by The Cramps, a black mini dress like this one will give your choreography a true Wednesday vibe.
To finish off the perfect Wednesday Addams outfit, don't forget a pair of black leather shoes. For school, a pair of chunky loafers meets Wednesday's unmatched pragmatism, or go for low-heeled Mary Janes for a gothic academic look.
When you need something a little more formal, strappy black heels and knee-high black leather boots both provide an expression of elegance for a night out on the town (or for crashing other people's funerals, if that's your thing).
Embrace Your Inner Wednesday
Less than one month after its initial release, Wednesday has already passed the 1 billion viewing hours mark and is the most popular English-language TV series as of the week of December 19-25, 2022.
While we wait to see the dark surprises that Season 2 has in store, we can enjoy some fine Wednesday Addams-inspired garb with these fashion tips and maybe even break out in some 80s gothic club dance moves.